Category: Cooking

Brisket blogging update: Friday morning

Brisket blogging update: Friday morning

| July 24, 2009 | Reply

Yes, I did get up at 5 am this morning and started up the coals in the smoker’s firebox. The flames were visible at first, and given that our deck can be seen by lots of houses (and a few roads) for quite some distance, I had concerns about the fire department being called. Fortunately, […]

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Brisket blogging update: Thursday

Brisket blogging update: Thursday

| July 23, 2009 | Reply

I’ve just spent an hour or two cleaning both the smoker (which I haven’t used since last October) and the grill (which I haven’t used in since at least April). I now feel quite virtuous, probably unduly so. I’ve had six (6) briskets, each weighing about 7 lbs, marinading since yesterday, along with 3 elk […]

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A brief surfacing, with observation

A brief surfacing, with observation

| March 27, 2009 | Reply

I’ve been swamped with work (always a good thing), which is why my morning link roundups haven’t been here the past few days. Plus I was getting a bit discouraged at just how rapidly the handbasket seems to be plunging towards hell. Woooooooot! Well, I tried to make it Sunday But I got so damned […]

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A winter recipe: beef and mushroom stew

A winter recipe: beef and mushroom stew

| December 20, 2008 | Reply

[Cross-posted from Adventures in Mormonism] Sandra and I, being empty-nesters, eat pretty simply: fresh fruit and veggies, Progresso soup, sandwiches, Lean Cuisine entrees, and the like. The only time either of us really cooks something is when we have company over for dinner. Well, our daughter Heather, her husband Mike and their three young children […]

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Christmas Cookie Blogging

Christmas Cookie Blogging

| December 10, 2008 | Reply

In what has become a holiday tradition at our house, we have once again made several thousand Christmas cookies to send to friends, family and random people serving in far away lands. I come from a long line of cookie makers, with my mother and grandmother being high practitioners of the art. In years past […]

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Thanksgiving Day menu

Thanksgiving Day menu

| November 27, 2008 | Reply

We have family and friends coming over for dinner (actually, two of our grandsons have been here since Sunday; we’ve been having a great time with the Wii, the ping pong table, and the air hockey table), a total of 10 people. Here’s what I’m fixing for dinner: roast turkey (22.5 lbs) corn bread stuffing […]

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Descent into madness

Descent into madness

| May 20, 2008 | Reply

OK, so here’s the latest kerfuffle over the Democratic National Convention due here in Denver in a few months: Fried foods are forbidden at the committee’s 22 or so events, as is liquid served in individual plastic containers. Plates must be reusable, like china, recyclable or compostable. The food should be local, organic or both. […]

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Leftovers blogging

Leftovers blogging

| August 6, 2007 | Reply

Since there’s only three of us at home — Sandra (my wife), Salem (our youngest daughter, going on 22 and seldom seen), and myself — we don’t tend to do a lot of cooking, and we almost never have sit-down meals anymore unless we have company coming over. However, every few weeks, I will fire […]

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A break in the tension: brisket-blogging

A break in the tension: brisket-blogging

| August 11, 2006 | 21 Replies

[UPDATED BELOW as of Saturday, 9:41 pm – final update] (Friday morning, 10:30 am) Sandra and I have somewhere between 50 and 80 people coming over for a potluck BBQ late Saturday afternoon. And I’m in charge of the meat. After two weeks of intense work on a case with a short deadine, not to […]

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